Questions and Answers for Parents
Question: What tuition assistance is available to parents?
There are now four sources of financial support beyond what a family can provide:
- A discount for those whose household income is below 200% of the 2019 federal poverty guidelines. This discount is open to all students.
- Tuition assistance provided by the Catholic Education Foundation. This assistance is open to all students.
- Archdiocesan Voucher Fund, open to registered parishioners of any Catholic parish.
- Individual parishes may provide tuition assistance to parishioners.
Question: What do parents need to know, especially those new to the process:
The process of obtaining financial support starts at the school. Thus, during December to early February, parents who are new to the system need to focus on identifying, applying to, being accepted at and registering their child in a Catholic elementary school. During the process of registration, please request information about the FACTS Management application for tuition assistance, which must be filled out online here. The FACTS form will be available online on December 15, 2018 and is due Wednesday, February 28, 2019. It must be completed in order to receive any form of tuition assistance.
Parents need only to fill out one form for all children, even if some children are attending different Catholic schools (for example, one child in elementary and one in high school).
Parents will be notified about awards by mid-June of 2019.
Question: How is the federal poverty level defined?
Household income at 200% of the 2018 federal poverty guidelines (information will be updated with 2019 numbers when they become available early in 2019):
Family of 2: $32,920
Family of 3: 41,560
Family of 4: 50,200
Family of 5: 58,840
Family of 6: 67,480
Family of 7: 76,120
Family of 8: 84,760
Question: What information is needed to fill out the FACTS form?
Parents need to have the following information ready:
- 2017 Federal tax-return
- 2017 W-2’s and other non-taxable documentation
- $25 Processing Fee
Instructions and other information pertaining to the process are available by calling FACTS at (866) 441-4637.
Question: Is there a fee for the FACTS form?
There is a $25 processing fee, but no family should be deterred from applying to FACTS due to the processing fee. If this is a problem for your family, please contact your school. Vouchers are available.
Question: I am not sure if I qualify for tuition assistance?
The best advice if you are not sure is to apply for tuition assistance. To ensure tuition assistance applicants are afforded objective, independent consideration, FACTS is used to process applications. FACTS is a nationally recognized organization with personnel and technological expertise specifically suited for screening the financial needs of student families. All awards are need-based.
Question: How do parents find out more about Catholic schools?
Go here to download a Catholic school selection guide and don’t hesitate to contact schools for a tour or more information. Many schools hold open houses during Catholic Schools Week (January 27-February 2, 2019) and also will schedule individual tours at your convenience.
For more information about Catholic schools in general, go here.
Press Release –
For the press release summarizing new initiatives of the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Catholic Education Foundation to make schools more accessible and affordable, please go here.
Catholic Elementary School Plan –
Please see pages 21-23 of the 2014 Archdiocese of Louisville Strategic Plan for a detailed description of the Catholic Elementary School Plan. Go here.